Indianapolis Colts Football

TAKING A CLOSER LOOK AT THE COLTS FINAL TWO DRIVES

Posted by Kevin Bowen on December 4, 2012 – 8:35 am

Taking over at the Indianapolis 15-yard line with 4:02 remaining and down by 12 points, the Colts executed two efficient touchdown drives with a pair of timeouts in recording their seventh one-possession victory of the 2012 season.

Brazill’s 42-yard touchdown:

The scene: Down 33-21, the Colts take over following a Detroit punt at their own 15-yard line with 4:02 remaining.

The anatomy of the drive: Eight plays, for 85 yards in 1:23. The drive included quarterback Andrew Luck scrambling for eight yards on a fourth-and-two from the Indianapolis 23-yard line.

Key play: With the Colts facing a third-and-five at the Detroit 49-yard line with 3:12 to play, Luck found running back Vick Ballard for a seven-yard reception. The third down conversion was the first for the Colts in over three quarters and on the next play…

The score: Luck was flushed from the pocket and rolled to his left. As he felt the pressure from his backside, Luck flung the ball into the end zone and found rookie wide receiver LaVon Brazill for the 42-yard touchdown. With the Lions defense focused on a corner pattern towards the sideline for Reggie Wayne, Brazill slipped past the secondary for his first career NFL touchdown.

Avery’s 14-yard touchdown:

The scene: Down 33-28, the Colts take over following a Detroit punt at their own 25-yard line with 1:07 left and no timeouts remaining.

The anatomy of the drive: 11 plays, for 75 yards in 1:07. The drive included Luck carrying the ball twice for 25 yards, including breaking two tackles on his initial rush of nine yards. Then later in the drive, Luck out ran Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh to the sideline for a 16-yard gain.

Key play: With the Colts facing a third-and-one at the Indianapolis 34-yard line with 52 seconds remaining, Reggie Wayne lined up in the middle of a trips set to the left. Wayne had a quiet afternoon by his standards, but he found a seam in between a trio of Lions defenders and Luck placed the ball perfectly over two of them into the outstretched arms of Wayne for a 26-yard gain into Lions territory.

The score: With a five wide receiver set, wide receiver Donnie Avery lined up furthest to the left as the Colts faced a fourth-and-10 with three seconds remaining from the Lions 14-yard line. On the snap, Luck rolled to his right and found Avery underneath at the 10-yard line. The speedster turned up field and beat the Lions defenders to the goal line for the Colts first game-winning touchdown as regulation expired since 1990.


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